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American Sabor Speaker Series at Cal State L.A.

Thursday, January 16, 2014 to Friday, January 17, 2014
All day




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*** Thursday, January 16 ***

1-2:45 p.m. Panel 1: "The Making of American Sabor"

The curators of "American Sabor" discuss the process and collaboration that went into the making of this path-breaking exhibit of Latinas/os in U.S. popular music.

• Marisol Berrios-Miranda - Puerto Rican ethnomusicologist and active musician who researches and writes about Afro-Latin-Caribbean musical genres with a particular focus on salsa music and Latina/o identity.

• Shannon Dudely - Professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. He is the author of Carnival Music in Trinidad and Music From Behind the Bridge: Steelband Spirit and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago.

• Michelle Habell-Pallan - Professor, University of Washington in Seattle and author of Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture and co-editor of Latina/o Popular Culture.

3-4:45 p.m. Panel 2: "Black & Brown Interaction in Los Angeles Latina/o Popular Music History"

This panel will examine the connections forged between African Americans and Chicanos/Latinos in the popular music of Los Angeles.

• Ruben Funkahuatl Guevara - Musician, producer, historian.

• Luis Alvarez - Professor of History, UC San Diego, and author of The Power of the Zoot: Identity and Resistance in US Youth Culture during World War II.

• Ulpiano Sergio Reyes - Better known as Mellow Man Ace he is an American rapper best known for his hit single "Mentirosa."

• Gaye Theresa Johnson – Professor of Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara, and author of Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles.


*** Friday, January 17 ***

3-4:45 p.m. Panel 1: "Organizers in the History of Key Community Spaces in the Latina/o Music Scene"

Hear from organizers of the key spaces that helped nurture different Latina/o popular music scenes in Greater Los Angeles in the 1990s and 2000s, including the Troy Cafe, the Peace and Justice Center, and Popular Resource Center/ Regeneración.

• Sean Carrillo - In 1990 Carrillo and Bibbe Hansen opened Troy Cafe in downtown Los Angeles which quickly became nationally renowned for showcasing the best in multi-cultural music, art and performance, with a special emphasis on the Latina/o Arts Community.

• Carmelo Alvarez - Alvarez has been a youth and cultural advocate for over 30 years. Since 1979 he has opened numerous youth and community-based cultural centers mainly in the City of Los Angeles but also in Tijuana and New York City including the seminal hip hop youth center Radiotron and the Peace and Justice Center (home of the Grammy Award winner Ozomatli and the Black Eyed Peas).

• Lilia Ramirez - Ramirez is a Los Angeles based working artist since 1995. She has worked and exhibited in various galleries, art events, bookstores and cafes. In 1996 she co-founded the Peace and Justice Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

• Antonio Garcia - Garcia, also known as Willie Garcia, is an artist and photographer based in Los Angeles whose work has been featured in the LA Weekly, Urb Magazine, Rap Pages, among other publications. In the mid-1990s he co-founded Regeneración, a Community Center in Highland Park that offered language and various socially motivated classes for free and was a vital part of the Eastside music scene of the 1990s.

• Quetzal Flores – Founder and lead guitarist of the Grammy award winning band Quetzal, Flores served as a board member for Regeneración in Highland Park.

5 p.m. Panel 2: Keynote featuring George Lipsitz

• George Lipsitz, a professor in the Department of Black Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, is a leading scholar in the politics of popular culture, social movements, and inequality.

7:00 p.m. Panel 3: "The Making of an East Los Angeles Music Scene"

This panel will take the exceptional opportunity enabled by the Exhibit's location in the heart of the Latina/o community of East Los Angeles to bring together key artists that made up the Greater East Los Angeles Chicana/o music scene of the 1990s-2000s.

• Tylana Enomoto – Violinist for Quetzal, recorded with Ozomatli.

• Martha Gonzalez – Quetzal vocalist and Professor of Chicano Studies, Scipps College.

• Yaotl Mazahua - Aztlan Underground vocalist.

• Flavio Morales - Co-creator of the long-running Latina/o-themed TV Show "Illegal Interns."

• Raul Pacheco – Ozomatli vocalist and guitarist.

• Gabriel Tenorio - Domingosiete, former member of Quetzal, Las Tres, Goddess 13, El Vez, Boca de Sandia, and Lysa Flores.

• Mark Torres – Producer and host of the seminal Chicano/Latino radio show "Travel Tips for Aztlan" on KPFK 90.7.

Sponsored by: Ford Motor Company Fund, the Smithsonian Institution, the Experience Music Project and the University of Washington.
Category Lecture
When Thursday, January 16, 2014
   to Friday, January 17, 2014
All day
Where Cal State L.A.'s Music Recital Hall
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Contact (323) 343-4001
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